In a previous post about The 17 Day Diet Breakthrough Edition, I talked about how to spot reduce through exercising. Now I want to talk about nutritional spot reduction. Translation: Eat to burn fat off your tummy, thighs, and elsewhere.
What are the best foods for this “nutritional liposuction”? Here’s a rundown of what I call Contour Foods.
For thinner thighs: Any high-fiber food (think apples, pears, high-fiber cereals, and legumes) helps trim fat off thighs and hips. Why? Dietary fiber whisks excess estrogen from the body, and estrogen is notorious for directing fat toward your thighs and hips.
A study from Loma Linda University compared two groups–vegetarian women and non-vegetarian women–to see how their bodies reacted to their diets. The vegetarian women’s diets were much higher in fiber, as you might suspect, than the other group. And the vegetarians had thinner thighs and less estrogen circulating in their bodies, leading the researchers to suggest that there is an inverse relationship between fiber and thigh circumference. Put another way, increasing fiber in your diet may decrease your thighs.
Among the most fibrous foods are beans, peas, and lentils; rice, oat, barley, corn, and wheat bran; pears, apples, oranges, berries; carrots, potatoes, and squash; corn; seeds; nuts; whole-grain breads and cereals; and green beans, broccoli, spinach, and tomatoes. All of these foods are included on various cycles of The 17 Day Diet.
For a flatter belly: Researchers have discovered a virtual arsenal of foods that burn belly fat: monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil and canola oil; whole grains; and yogurt and other calcium-rich foods. The best fats, by the way, include nuts and seeds, avocados, olive oil, canola oil, and flaxseed oil.
The new edition of The 17 Day Diet points out which foods are Contour Foods. Not only will you effectively lose weight on this diet, you’ll also lose inches, thanks to an emphasis on these special foods.